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The disumbrationist art hoax, 1924
Cat that walked 3000 miles to find its owners, 1951
Sober Sue, the woman who never smiled, 1907
The Lovely Feejee Mermaid, 1842
Samsung invents the on/off switch
Did Poe say 'The best things in life make you sweaty'?
Rachael Ray cooks her family and her dog
The Hoaxing Hitchhiker, 1941
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Brief History of Triple-Decker Buses
BMW Moveable Steering Wheel -- April Fool's Day, 1986
BMW announced that its engineer Aap Rilfühl had figured out a way to allow drivers to switch the position of their steering wheel, so that British drivers could move the wheel whenever they crossed the channel from Britain to France:
By incorporating a second-unit steering wheel socket and instrument panel into a conventional glove compartment, Dr. Rilfühl was able to provide the basis for a secondary driving position.

The fascia, naturally enough, conforms to 'Continenal' standars — with a kph speedometer, and the 'Lawson' fuel gauge reading in litres.

Then, by the insertion of a lynch-pin into the steering wheel column, fellow engineer Hans Grabbem was able to devise the first quick-release steering wheel. (Incorporated, too, into the column is a secondary 'Continental' horn — the 'Vorin-Drivers' 80 decibel air-horn.)


April Fool Categories: Cars, 1986, BMW.
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